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Jackson completes A629 Improvement Scheme and CCS #BigBuild2018

Jackson has completed the A629 Improvement Scheme and celebrated by competing in the Considerate Constructors Scheme #BigBuild2018 project with local school.

On behalf of Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, the team widened the existing A629 at Salterhebble Hill into four lanes, installed new traffic lights and improved the facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. This project aims to ease traffic congestion along the A629 towards Halifax town centre.

The project also involved installing 500 steel soil nails into the rock surface of the hillside at Salterhebble to support its steep structure. The hill has also been planted up to create a vertical garden which will also help to improve the air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.

It’s estimated that journey times from the M62 to Halifax town centre will now be reduced by 30% for cars, and up to 50% for buses.

The site team also entered the Big Build competition with All Saints Junior & Infant School. The competition run by Considerate Constructors mascot, Ivor Goodsite, aims to get children thinking creatively about the environment and people’s impact upon it.

They were tasked with building a model of the Humber Bridge, the UK longest single-span suspension bridge and the eighth longest in the world. This gave students an exciting opportunity to learn more about the construction industry. All of the students got hands on, building, painting, drawing and coming up with some very innovative solutions!

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Cllr Megan Swift, said: “Pupils at All Saints’ did a great job building their model of the Humber Bridge. They also had a really useful insight into the varied roles within the construction industry – which may have given students ideas for career options to pursue in the future.”

Jackson’s Section Engineer, Liam Gallagher said: “It has been amazing seeing the excitement and awe on the children’s faces when we go to see them each day and set them tasks to get the build complete. Whether it be making street lights out of straws or painting cardboard to create a dual carriageway, the children have been fantastic and are a credit to the school.”

“None of this would have been possible without the help of the children, parents, teachers, members of the major project team and the Jackson team, who have helped throughout this big build, and everyone has pulled together as team.”

The team received a special mention for their efforts in this year’s competition and the judges were “blown away by the size and scale of this build and all the intricate details”.